2013 Writers Conference
Thanks to every one who came to the conference!
NEW LOCATION: Toronto Reference Library: 789 Yonge Street
What is it?
- Meet awesome published writers and artists
- Work with them in workshops to improve your craft
- Get your work published in the Instant Anthology blog and magazine
- Meet teen writers from across the city
- Win prizes! Lots of snacks!
Bring a piece of your original art or original comic (no bigger than 8.5x11 piece of paper) or an original poem. These will be included in the Instant Anthology that you receive at the end of the workshop. It's totally free. For youth ages 12-19.
Guest Workshop Leaders:
About Guest Workshop Leaders:
Karen Krossing is the author of six successful novels for kids and teens, including Take the Stairs, whichwas nominated for the Ontario Library Association White Pine Award, and The Yo-Yo Prophet, whichwas selected as an Ontario Library Association Best Bets Honorable Mention. Karen has built a reputation as an author who writes honestly and unflinchingly, with the ability to create “an utterly believable, complex teen world” (Quill & Quire). Her upcoming titles include Cut the Lights (Fall 2013) and Bog (Spring 2014). Karen regularly mentors emerging writers through workshops for kids, teens and adults, and she is currently president of CANSCAIP – the Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers. She lives with her family in Toronto.
Benjamin Gabbay is a young Toronto writer and the author of a fantasy novel titled Wingheart: Luminous Rock, published in 2012 just prior to his 17th birthday. Drawing inspiration from mythology, the supernatural, and intriguing scenes of the everyday world, Benjamin loves to fashion meticulous, intricate storylines that infuse a stunning new realism into classic fantasy. He enjoys attending a teen writers' group at North York Central Library and is a member of the Toronto Public Library's Editorial Youth Advisory Group. He is currently writing the next installment of his planned Wingheart trilogy, slated for publication in Fall 2014. When he is not busy writing, Benjamin enjoys many other forms of art, including music, digital art, photography, and web design. He is a passionate student of classical piano who enjoys playing the instrument as much as he does composing for it. www.BenjaminGabbay.com , www.WingheartTrilogy.com
Jim Zub is a writer, artist and art instructor based in Toronto, Canada. Over the past ten years he’s worked for a diverse array of publishing, movie and video game clients including Disney, Warner Bros., Capcom, Hasbro, Bandai-Namco and Mattel. He juggles his time between being a freelance comic writer, Project Manager for UDON Entertainment and Program Coordinator for Seneca College‘s award-winning Animation program. His current projects include Samurai Jack, a new comic series continuing the award-winning cartoon, Skullkickers, a sword & sorcery action-comedy, and Pathfinder, a comic series based on the best selling tabletop RPG.
Ryan Kerr is an artist, activist and writer whose self-published book, chronicles his coming out journey using humour and construction paper images. This summer, his book "On Growin' Up...a guide" was featured in the Toronto Public Library Youth Reading Series. Ryan works in front of and behind the camera, being a series regular on a web series called Gay Nerds, making videos for charities and social service organizations, and presenting his book and this thoughts on his own queerness nationally and internationally. He has been asked to speak in Toronto, New York City, Washington DC, Paris and as far away as Helsinki, Finland.
Tavi Gevinson is the teen editor and founder of ROOKIEMAG.com, an independent magazine made by and for teenage girls. In Toronto to launch the site's print companion book ROOKIE YEARBOOK TWO, Tavi along with the website's many Toronto contributors will lead a workshop in creative challenges including how to be confident in your work; how to deal with other people's opinions; how to self-publish in the digital age and how to find your online community.
Brian Francis is the author of two critically acclaimed novels. His most recent, Natural Order, was selected by the Toronto Star, Kobo and Georgia Straight as a Best Book of 2011. The book was shortlisted for a 2012 Ontario Library Association Evergreen Award. His first novel, Fruit, was a 2009 Canada Reads finalist and was selected as a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers title. Francis is a former recipient of the Writers’ Union of Canada’s Emerging Author Award. He lives in Toronto.
Bobby Del Rio is perhaps best known for writing the play The Market (recently shot as a feature film in post-production). Other hit plays include: Porn Life, in 40 years, Child Hood, Professionally Ethnic, Half-Chinx Taking Over the World, Christian Values and When Children Fall. His plays have travelled to: New York City, CBC Radio and across Canada. He was the subject of a half-hour documentary that aired on television (Bravo!) and appeared on the cover of NOW magazine.
Gary Barwin is a writer, musician, multimedia artist, and educator. He is the author of many books of fiction and poetry for adults as well as young adult novels and picture books, including The Porcupinity of the Stars and Big Red Baby. His awards include the 2013 City of Hamilton Arts Award for Writing and the bpNichol Chapbook Award. He received a PhD in Music from SUNY at Buffalo. His work has been published and performed internationally, but reports of sightings in the Andromeda Galaxy have yet to be confirmed. He has given numerous workshops and readings in libraries, schools, arts camps, festivals, shelters, youth and community centres, as well as in many online programs. He lives in Hamilton with his family, his dog, and a fear of the family car. Twitter: @garybarwin
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